BMW Championship 2022 Picks: 3 Best Bets

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Ryan Hannable @RyanHannable Aug 16, 2022, 3:55 PM
  • Collin Morikawa has +2000 odds to win.
  • Cameron Young (+2800) is seeking his first career victory.
  • The BMW Championship is the second FedEx Cup Playoff event.

The BMW Championship, which has a purse of $15 million and a winner’s share of $2.7 million, is the second of three FedEx Cup Playoff events.

Rory McIlroy enters the week with the best PGA Tour odds to win at +1000, but it’s not often that the player with the best odds ends up winning. 

While the BMW Championship has been part of the FedEx Cup Playoffs since the beginning, this is the first time it will be held at Wilmington Country Club in Wilmington, Delaware. Additionally, this is the first time the course has hosted an official PGA event.

It will play as a 7,534-yard par 71, which means it will be one of the longer courses of the season. In addition, it has narrow fairways and thick rough, which means this week should favor the longer hitters off the tee. 

The bentgrass greens are likely to be firm and fast. However, this shouldn’t favor any player since they are so big and are not played often on Tour.

Without any course history, selecting players this week comes down to how I think the course will play. I expect the longer hitters to have a major advantage and players who hit their mid-to-long irons the best.

Here are my three best bets for the BMW Championship.

Collin Morikawa Outright Win +2000

Simply put, without a win this season, Morikawa is due.

The 25-year-old hasn’t had the best of seasons by his standard, but he’s trending in the right direction. Morikawa finished T-5 at the FedEx St. Jude Championship, where he made the second-most birdies (22) in the field. He was at his best over the weekend, firing a 66 on Saturday and 67 on Sunday when he missed a few makable putts.

Even though it’s been a down year, Morikawa still ranks third in Strokes Gained: Approach, which will come into play at Wilmington Country Club.

Cameron Young Top-10 Finish +160

Young offers good value to win outright (+2800) and is also worth a play to finish in the top 10. With Will Zalatoris winning last week, Young is arguably the best player on the PGA Tour without a win. 

The two went to Wake Forest together and recently changed caddies. It seemed to help Zalatoris last week, so maybe this is the week it pays off for Young.

In terms of a fit for the course, Young ranks fourth in driving distance, averaging 318.6 yards off the tee.

Kurt Kitayama Top-20 Finish +400

This is about the value of +400 odds.

Going with the longer hitters having an advantage theme, Kitayama ranks seventh in the field in driving distance and has performed well this year where length is an advantage (top-3 finishes at the Scottish Open, Mexico Open, and Honda Classic).

Kitayama has five top-25 finishes this year, including a second-place finish at the Scottish Open last month. 

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Ryan Hannable

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Ryan Hannable is a copy editor on the Web Content Team for BetMGM. Previously, he was a New England Patriots beat writer for WEEI in Boston. He also has published a golf book, “The Ultimate Book of Golf Trivia: 600 Questions and Answers.”

Ryan Hannable is a copy editor on the Web Content Team for BetMGM. Previously, he was a New England Patriots beat writer for WEEI in Boston. He also has published a golf book, “The Ultimate Book of Golf Trivia: 600 Questions and Answers.”